The legend of
Troy is one of history's greatest
stories: the impregnable
walls, the world's most beautiful
woman, the brilliant—risky!—military
strategem of the wooden horse.
It's no wonder it's
been the subject of history books,
novels, songs, and movies.
The latest is "Troy," Wolfgang
Peterson's film with Brad Pitt (Achilles), Diane
Kruger (Helen), Eric
Bana (Hector), Orlando
Bloom (Paris), Rose
Byrne (Briseis), Brendan
Gleeson (King Menelaus), Brian
Cox (King Agamemnon), Sean
Bean, Peter O'Toole, Julie
Hollywood being Hollywood, the film
was not filmed at Troy,
where it happened, but in Malta and
other places. Apparently Troy doesn't
look enough like Hollywood's conception
17, 2004, page 50) said "When Achilles
and Hector go at it, we are witness
to a clash of love and hate, faith
and nihilism and, of course, beefcake
and beefcake. Against all odds, the
Although Brad Pitt and Diane Kruger
are not there, the real Troy is ready
and waiting for your visit
right now. You can even visit on an excursion
from Istanbul if you like.
For my (humorous) ideas about Hollywood
movies on historical themes, read "What's
in a Name?" from my travel
Sun, Strong Tea.
—by Tom Brosnahan
walls of Troy—
real enough for Hollywood.